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Parkinson's disease and exercise

Sujata Pradhan
Complexity of an animal's environment has been shown to affect structural and functional changes in the brain. Evidence from animal models of Parkinson's disease (PD) suggests that exercising in an enriched environment may protect against the onset of Parkinsonian symptoms in rats that are exposed to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine. The variety of activities and visual interfaces that can be created using commercially available gaming devices provide cognitively stimulating as well as physically challenging environments for exercise...
March 9, 2018: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Milene R Malheiros-Lima, Washington Pires, Ivana A T Fonseca, Julliane V Joviano-Santos, Anderson J Ferreira, Cândido C Coimbra, Nilo R V Lima, Samuel P Wanner
This study aimed to investigate the chronic effects of caudal artery denervation on morphometric parameters of the tail vascular smooth muscle and on physical exercise-induced thermoregulatory and cardiovascular adjustments in rats. Male Wistar rats were subjected to caudal artery denervation or the sham procedure. Approximately 26-28 days after these procedures, their thermoregulatory and cardiovascular parameters were evaluated at rest and during or following a fatiguing treadmill run. At the end of the experiments, the rats were euthanized, and samples of their tails were removed to evaluate morphometric parameters of the vascular smooth muscle surrounding the caudal artery...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
J Eric Ahlskog
No medications are proven to slow the progression of Parkinson disease (PD). Of special concern with longer-standing PD is cognitive decline, as well as motor symptoms unresponsive to dopamine replacement therapy. Not fully recognized is the substantial accumulating evidence that long-term aerobic exercise may attenuate PD progression. Randomized controlled trial proof will not be forthcoming due to many complicating methodological factors. However, extensive and diverse avenues of scientific investigation converge to argue that aerobic exercise and cardiovascular fitness directly influence cerebral mechanisms mediating PD progression...
March 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Maria Izabel Rodrigues Severiano, Bianca Simone Zeigelboim, Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive, Geslaine Janaína Barbosa Santos, Vinícius Ribas Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of balance exercises by means of virtual reality games in Parkinson's disease. METHODS: Sixteen patients were submitted to anamnesis, otorhinolaryngological and vestibular examinations, as well as the Dizziness Handicap Inventory, Berg Balance Scale, SF-36 questionnaire, and the SRT, applied before and after rehabilitation with virtual reality games. RESULTS: Final scoring for the Dizziness Handicap Inventory and Berg Balance Scale was better after rehabilitation...
February 2018: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Hyewon Lee, Woojae Myung, Chunsoo Lee, Junbae Choi, Ho Kim, Bernard J Carroll, Doh Kwan Kim
We investigated the effects of a large range of clinical factors on the long-term risk of suicide in the general population of South Korea. We analyzed the National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort (NHIS-NSC) database in South Korea. A total of 300,232 individuals were followed for up to 12 years. We obtained information on demographic variables (age and sex), lifestyle variables (cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking and exercise), psychiatric and physical disorders, laboratory examination results and physical examination findings...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Anita Slomski
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February 27, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Franciele Cascaes da Silva, Rodrigo da Rosa Iop, Laiana Cândido de Oliveira, Alice Mathea Boll, José Gustavo Souza de Alvarenga, Paulo José Barbosa Gutierres Filho, Lídia Mara Aguiar Bezerra de Melo, André Junqueira Xavier, Rudney da Silva
BACKGROUND: Given the relative importance of cognitive impairment, there was considerable interest in identifying the cognitive profile of PD patients, in order to ensure specific and appropriate therapeutic interventions. PURPOSE: To determine the effects of physical exercise programs on cognitive function in PD patients, compared with the control group. DATA SOURCES: Medline, Cochrane, Scopus, PEDro and Web of Science (last searched in September 2016)...
2018: PloS One
Ryan P Duncan, Linda R Van Dillen, Jane M Garbutt, Gammon M Earhart, Joel S Perlmutter
Background: Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) reduces tremor, muscle stiffness, and bradykinesia in people with Parkinson's Disease (PD). Walking speed, known to be reduced in PD, typically improves after surgery; however, other important aspects of gait may not improve. Furthermore, balance may worsen and falls may increase after STN-DBS. Thus, interventions to improve balance and gait could reduce morbidity and improve quality of life following STN-DBS. Physical therapy (PT) effectively improves balance and gait in people with PD, but studies on the effects of PT have not been extended to those treated with STN-DBS...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Sneha Mantri, Michelle E Fullard, John E Duda, James F Morley
BACKGROUND: Physical activity and exercise improve outcomes in Parkinson disease (PD), however little is known about activity levels in early PD patients. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS: We examined self-reported activity scores and examined associations with clinical characteristics in 383 PD subjects and 175 healthy controls from the Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI). RESULTS: Activity scores were 8% lower for PD subjects than HC (162...
2018: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
Sagrario Pérez-de la Cruz
OBJECTIVES: Various exercise strategies have been suggested to address movement deficits in order to improve motor function and quality of life for individuals in the early or moderate stages of Parkinson disease. The purpose is to evaluate the effects of an aquatic Ai Chi intervention on balance, gait speed and quality of life of patients. DESIGN AND INTERVENTION: Twenty-nine people with Parkinson disease participated in this pilot study. People were randomized into (1) aquatic Ai Chi program (experimental group) and (2) a dry land conventional Western physical therapy intervention (control group)...
February 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Cristina Colón-Semenza, Nancy K Latham, Lisa M Quintiliani, Terry D Ellis
BACKGROUND: Long-term engagement in exercise and physical activity mitigates the progression of disability and increases quality of life in people with Parkinson disease (PD). Despite this, the vast majority of individuals with PD are sedentary. There is a critical need for a feasible, safe, acceptable, and effective method to assist those with PD to engage in active lifestyles. Peer coaching through mobile health (mHealth) may be a viable approach. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop a PD-specific peer coach training program and a remote peer-mentored walking program using mHealth technology with the goal of increasing physical activity in persons with PD...
February 15, 2018: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Siria Di Martino, Caterina Tramonti, Elisa Unti, Claudia Del Gamba, Ubaldo Bonuccelli, Bruno Rossi, Roberto Ceravolo, Carmelo Chisari
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's Disease (PD) is characterized by progressive and disabling symptoms. An impaired oxidative metabolism efficiency was supposed to be involved in the systemic impairment. Rehabilitative treatment represents a valid tool in promoting skeletal muscle's adaptations, even if no solid studies on muscle metabolic features are still available. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of skeletal muscle oxidative metabolism in PD patients in comparison with age-matched controls and test the role of an intensive aerobic treatment on muscle oxidative metabolism and its clinical effects...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Josianne Rodrigues-Krause, Mauricio Krause, Alvaro Reischak-Oliveira
Context • Dancing has been used as a form of exercise to improve functional and metabolic outcomes during aging. The field lacks randomized, clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating metabolic outcomes related to dance interventions, but dancing may be a form of exercise that could induce positive effects on the metabolic health of older adults. However, primary studies seem very heterogonous regarding the trial designs, characteristics of the interventions, the methods for outcomes assessments, statistical powers, and methodological quality...
February 10, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Shih-Chang Hsueh, Kai-Yun Chen, Jing-Huei Lai, Chung-Che Wu, Yu-Wen Yu, Yu Luo, Tsung-Hsun Hsieh, Yung-Hsiao Chiang
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is typically characterized by impairment of motor function. Gait disturbances similar to those observed in patients with PD can be observed in animals after injection of neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) to induce unilateral nigrostriatal dopamine depletion. Exercise has been shown to be a promising non-pharmacological approach to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disease. METHODS: In this study, we investigated the long-term effects of voluntary running wheel exercise on gait phenotypes, depression, cognitive, rotational behaviors as well as histology in a 6-OHDA-lesioned rat model of PD...
February 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Serene S Paul, Leland E Dibble, Daniel S Peterson
BACKGROUND: Falls are a significant burden for people with Parkinson's disease (PD), however, individuals across the spectrum of disease severity respond differently to fall prevention interventions. Despite the multifactorial causes of falls in people with PD, recent work has provided insight into interventions that hold promise for fall prevention. Further, studies have begun to identify patient characteristics that may predict responsiveness to such interventions. RESEARCH QUESTION: We discuss (i) the postural motor learning abilities of people with mild versus severe PD that could affect their ability to benefit from fall prevention interventions, (ii) how people with different severity of PD respond to such interventions, and (iii) the practical considerations of providing effective fall prevention interventions for people with PD across the spectrum of disease severity...
January 31, 2018: Gait & Posture
Carolina R A Silveira, Eric A Roy, Quincy J Almeida
BACKGROUND: Deficits in executive functions are highly prevalent in Parkinson's disease (PD). Although chronic physical exercise has been shown to improve executive functions in PD, evidence of acute exercise effects is limited. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of an acute bout of exercise on cognitive processes underlying executive functions in PD. METHODS: Twenty individuals with PD were assessed in both a Control and an Exercise conditions. In each condition, individuals started performing a simple and a choice reaction time (RT) task...
February 3, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Leonie Ebel, Susanne Petri, Joachim K Krauss, Reinhard Dengler, Martina de Zwaan
BACKGROUND: Lulé, Ludolph, and Ludolph (2008) hypothesized that there may be a pathophysiological link between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They summarized common clinical features, specifically enhanced physical and psychological activity, which have been described typically for ADHD patients and also as common personality traits before disease onset in patients with ALS. METHODS: We assessed the lifetime prevalence rate of ADHD in 104 patients with ALS using valid self-report instruments for ADHD symptoms in childhood (WURS-k) and adulthood (ADHD-SB)...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Jennifer Hewitt, Stephen Goodall, Lindy Clemson, Timothy Henwood, Kathryn Refshauge
BACKGROUND: Falls prevention is an international priority, and residents of long-term aged care fall approximately 3 times more often than community dwellers. There is a relative scarcity of published trials in this setting. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to undertake a randomized controlled trial to test the effect of published best practice exercise in long-term residential aged care. The trial was designed to determine if combined high level balance and moderate intensity progressive resistance training (the Sunbeam Program) is effective in reducing the rate of falls in residents of aged care facilities...
February 2, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Lindsey E Greviskes, Leslie Podlog, Maria Newton, Leland E Dibble, Ryan D Burns, Wanda Pillow, Morgan S Hall, Christopher Hammer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: With Parkinson's disease (PD) prevalence rates steadily increasing and long-term adherence to regular physical activity and exercise often difficult to achieve, it is imperative to investigate factors promoting adherence to secondary prevention programs (SPP) that help limit the progression of motor and nonmotor signs and symptoms of the disease. Caring interactions between patients and their rehabilitation team may be particularly germane to individuals with PD, given the physical and psychosocial issues that often accompany this disease (eg, loss of physical function, depression, apathy, and cognitive impairments)...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
Pei-Lan Zhang, Yu-Xin Wang, Yan Chen, Chen-Hao Zhang, Chen-Hua Li
The aim of the study was to investigate the efficacy of homemade tolcapone in treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Eighty patients with PD were subjected to randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled and parallel-group study. PD patients were randomly divided into the tolcapone treatment group (41 cases) and placebo group (39 cases). Each patient received 1 pill of tolcapone or placebo, 3 times per day for 26 weeks. Efficacy was evaluated using the internationally used unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (UPDRS) scoring system for PD symptoms...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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